Rejoice

“People are most fulfilled when they rejoice in what they have.  Those who lead the least fulfilling lives are constantly complaining about what’s wrong with their lives or what’s missing—regardless of how good their lives may appear.  How can we explain the fact that many people with apparently difficult lives feel a tremendous gratitude, and consequently enjoy their lives, while many others with apparently fortunate lives feel no gratitude whatsoever—and therefore fail to enjoy theirs?  The answer to this question is that gratitude is an attitude.  It has nothing whatsoever to do with what we have or don’t have, and everything to do with the attitude we take toward life.”  Richard Carlson

Rejoicing makes us happy, and happiness is a state of mind that attracts more rejoicing—just like the law of attraction says.  It may not be clear to us why gratitude is such an important component of living the good life.  Why would God want our gratitude?

I like to think of God as a new husband, eager to do things to please his wife.  When, John Gray says, a husband gets gratitude for the little things, that husband wants to do more.  Being thankful for what is elicits further goodies, in other words.

While God is beyond our finite minds, we can benefit from seeing that we are made in the image of the Creator.  So if we too enjoy being thanked for what we have done, then all of our thinking, mind and heart, is positive.  And positivity invokes the law of attraction for more good.  Negative attracts the wrong things.  And if we are ungrateful, we are being negative.

A full heart is a joy to experience.  And when we thank the Universe for the blessings that rain down upon our heads, we are living from a full heart.

Let the heart love.  It alone knows how.

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Planning Ahead

“’Plan ahead’ is good advice in this world, where you should and must control and direct where you have accepted responsibility.”  A Course in Miracles (Circle of Atonement edition)

“When you say to yourself, ‘I am going to have a pleasant visit or a pleasant journey,’ you are literally sending elements and forces ahead of your body that will arrange things to make your visit or journey pleasant.  When before the visit or the journey or the shopping trip you are in a bad humor, or fearful or apprehensive of something unpleasant, you are sending unseen agencies ahead of you which will make some kind of unpleasantness.  Our thoughts, or in other words, our state of mind, is ever at work ‘fixing up’ things good or bad in advance.”  Prentice Mulford

How much planning ahead ought we to do?  Some, but not an overwhelming amount.  If our planning becomes overwhelming, then we lose the moment, and living in the moment is very important.

As Prentice says, if we anticipate the worst, we tend to bring that worst to us.  The law of attraction in evidence.  When we imagine good things ahead, though, we are ensuring that our day will go well.  It is all in the mind.  It is “mind stuff.”

I have found that if I start the day out wrong, things tend to go wrong, on and off, all day long.  Getting up on the right side of the bed is just good psychology.  And a teeny bit of planning goes a long way toward bringing this better day to ourselves.

Check out this truth.  See if it works in our lives.  We will all find that it does.  The best thing that we can do to bring good things to ourselves is to contemplate those good things that we want.

The Holy Spirit asks no less.

Finding a Mate

“If one longs for a mate, is it best to seek this relationship, to wait for it to happen or to try to cultivate detachment as one waits for it to happen?

“The last, not at all.  If you become detached from your desire, your desire will never be fulfilled.  It will simply remain an appendage that weights you down and causes you pain.

“Thou you consciously long for a mate, there are parts of you that do not, that push the idea away, that hasten to lock the door when the other part of you has so carefully opened it.  Look around.  Do a little house cleaning and you will see where it is you still fear, reject, deny, criticize and judge those parts of you that long for physical and emotional intimacy.

“Once the space is ready the mate will be there.

“Think about that. Then buy yourself the most magnificent outfit and begin to dance.

“The more you align yourself with your own integrity the more you will seek Oneness with God and will then be able to accept that infinite, outrageous, and terrible love that says that you and I are One.”  Emmanuel’s Book (Pat Rodegast)

It is hard to imagine when we are alone, lonely, and without a relationship, to know that this, at least right now, is what we have chosen—on a soul level.  The soul knows far better what we really need than our personality.  And the soul moves to bring a mate into the picture when we are really, truly, ready.  And not a moment before.

There are things that we can do if we are frustrated in this matter of no mate.  We can ask what benefits we are getting from remaining alone.  And there will always be some.  If we feel that the disadvantages outweigh the benefits, then we need to look deeper for the reason that we are alone and lonely.

The question frequently asked of us by others might be, “Are you afraid of intimacy?”  This somewhat misstates the case, for without a significant other in one’s life, how can we even imagine what intimacy would be like?  We might cringe in fear, but we might just open our hearts and feel a love that has been within, held within, for far too long.

If we look within and find no lack in our own motivations, then do those things that would invite the presence of a mate.  Does one really believe that a mate might arrive at any time?  Or is there still some holding back?

Regardless of how the future plays out, know that our souls hold the key.  Our soul will know when we have done the work of getting ready for a mate.

And a big part of that readiness is being comfortable within one’s own skin, sure of one’s own lovability.  If we doubt that we truly love ourselves, then how can another give us what we need—love?

Change in Beliefs Means a Whole Fresh Life

“The most powerful thing you can do (and it is very powerful) to change the world is to change your own beliefs about the nature of life, people, and reality, and begin to act accordingly.”  Shakti Gawain

But how do we change our beliefs?  We can start by making a study of the law of attraction.  Google it, and there will be much of value to discover.  Rhonda Byrne’s book, The Secret, is especially helpful—as are the sequels, The Power and The Magic.  But there are many others now who, using Rhonda as a starting point, have found in their own lives how to live better, more fruitfully.

We have an internal guidance system.  I call this “God,” but others interested in the law of attraction may call this by more secular name, such as the Universe.  It matters not what we call it; it only matters that we turn inward and access this deeper part of ourselves—for that is Who we are encountering, and where.

Our beliefs, once they have changed, will turn us from losers into winners.  We won’t be in competition with others in this exchange, though, for competition simply means that down the road, we will lose.  And we don’t want that.  Cooperation with others highlights the truth that we are One with everyone and everything.  We don’t have to wonder where our next meal is coming form; if we are in such dire straits, there is a world out there of other people who will help us.  Our cooperation with them ensures their good will toward us.

So:  Beliefs change first.  Then all else.  For what we believe will transpire, very often does.

This is the law of attraction in operation.

Focus

“It is important to become aware when you focus on what you are not.  You may say, ‘I need to do this or that.  Why am I always so unorganized, so unfocused?’  Be aware that as you focus on your lack of certain qualities, you are rejecting and weakening the qualities that you want to develop.

“What you pay attention to is what you create.”  Sanaya Roman

 I have long noted that the law of attraction is a somewhat secular way that God allows us to live the best lives.  Sure, we focus best when we focus in love, but our frequencies still work when we don’t focus on love.  Not as well, surely, but for the doubters among us, those who aren’t sure of God’s Presence in this world, the fact that the focus of our personality makes our reality can be very soothing.

We need something for the secular among us.  I know that God loves all His children equally, and His heart is kind enough, and loving enough, to devise laws that will cover all of us, regardless of beliefs.  If we can’t bring ourselves to believe in God, He comes to us, and sometimes through the law of attraction.

We are learning how to live.  What we pay attention to, manifests.  These are simple ideas, but our minds are unruly and reject these notions far more than we would want to admit.

Spend a while in quiet meditation, aware that the Universe is listening.

I would say that “God” is listening, but maybe you wouldn’t

Imagine, Envision, Desire

“The realization of unity is the binding realization that will return all as one body, to the natural state of Christ-consciousness.

“In this time of Christ, this time of direct revelation and direct sharing, the probable future you imagine, envision, desire, will be what you create.”  (A Course of Love, T4:6.3 – 6.4)

A Course of Love looks optimistically to the future.  This quotation emphasizes the law of attraction and our part in it.  If we “imagine, envision, and desire,” we will create.  Bottom line, what we think and feel, happens.

A Course of Love also tells us that we are in a new time, the time of Christ.  The book was channeled around the turn of this century, and so it is this century that is different.  Maybe, just maybe, we have an easier time of creating our reality than people of the past ever had.

We can choose a probable future.  This recalls Jane Roberts’ Seth, who declared in the seventies that probable futures are a reality, that we branch out into different versions of reality.  No other channeled work has made this so plain.  But its message is a little beyond us, because we can’t imagine how what Seth said could really be true.  We need to let it tease us out of thought, though.  His way offers great fuel of our imaginations, great realization that we have many chances to get it right in reality.

So what we imagine, envision, desire, will manifest.

And we won’t have to wait long.

Decrees

“Remember that what you decree is, and the thought you hold in the mind will be reflected through the nature of your experience.”    (“The Way of the Heart,” The Way of Mastery (Christ Mind Trilogy), Lesson 4, Page 47)

This is an exact statement of what is believed by many to be a channeled work of Jesus.  The channeling happened in the nineties, beginning in 1994.  Now we are left with a direct treatise of spirituality that echoes what many through the ages have identified as the law of love.

We need to be careful of what we think, for the focus of our thinking, and the resultant feelings, are ensuring our present, and, especially, our future.  If we drop into the negative, we will be bringing into our lives what we don’t want.

Be aware of our thinking today.  Lift it up for the best results.